The process of getting a dental implant to replace missing or damaged teeth involves several steps and can take time. Patients who might benefit from the procedure frequently inquire about the post-operative care and recovery period. In this blog, we’ll address that question and describe the steps involved in dental implant surgery.
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a titanium post that is surgically inserted into the jawbone below the gum line to replace a missing tooth root. A custom-made crown can then be placed on top to replace the missing tooth, acting as a root replacement. To replace several teeth, a bridge can be supported by two or more implants. Both front and back teeth can be replaced with implants, and they can also be used to secure dentures. Since implants are attached to your jawbone, they provide sturdy support for prosthetic teeth.
Preparing For Implant Treatment
The damaged tooth is first removed for some patients before the dental implant procedure. Although this dental procedure is common, it can take a few weeks to recover before continuing. To avoid issues like a dry socket or infection, make sure to carefully follow your dentist’s post-extraction instructions.
Others might start with jawbone strengthening procedures like bone grafting or bone regeneration. For the eventual replacement tooth to withstand the force of biting and chewing, strong, stable bone is required in the area of the implant. The full recovery from these procedures, which rely on bone healing, can take six to eight weeks.
Dental Implant Procedure
Once the bone is healed, it is ready for the implant screw to be placed into the bone. To replace the missing tooth roots, your oral surgeon will make a small cut in your gums to gain access to the jawbone. They will then drill a hole in the jawbone and insert a titanium implant. The oral surgeon often recommends you take the day off following surgery to rest. If you had the surgery under sedation, you will need an escort to drive you home. This stage of the procedure can have a lengthy recovery period because it takes time for the implant screw to fuse with the surrounding bone. Once bone healing is complete, the implant essentially becomes a part of your jaw. This can take on average 3 months.
For dental implants, titanium is chosen specifically because of its capacity to form a long-lasting bond with bone tissue. When compared to dentures, this means a significant reduction in noise and slippage. It also increases the stability and longevity of the restoration work. For cosmetic reasons, if your missing tooth is in the front of your mouth, you might get a temporary replacement tooth implanted while you heal. This is a type of temporary partial denture that can be taken out for cleaning and at night.
After The Procedure
A small attachment known as an abutment or collar is frequently placed on top of the dental implant after the implant has healed. When the crown or replacement tooth is prepared, this serves as a base for attachment. Local anaesthesia is typically needed for abutment. Although the abutment may be attached during the initial implant procedure for some patients, this means that it will be noticeable above the gumline for the duration of the protracted healing process. Since many patients dislike the way that looks, it is often placed later. In either case, the gum tissue is closed around the implant’s metal post where the abutment is attached. Once the implant screw is stable in your jawbone, it is now time to place the implant crown/bridge/denture on top to replace the missing tooth. Your dentist will discuss whether removable or fixed replacement teeth are best for your situation with you.
To create your new artificial tooth, impressions will then be taken. These will be sent to a technician who will make your new tooth. Your dentist will then insert the implant crown, bridge or denture so you can now start using it! Now you’ll be ready to show off your new smile to the rest of the world. To avoid any problems, carefully follow the aftercare recommendations provided by your dentist. Do note that it can take some time to get used to the replacement tooth.
Northcote Dental Centre
If getting dental implants is something you’re considering, schedule a consultation with our team. Your questions will be answered, and our dentists will guide you through the entire process. Next, they’ll discuss your options and come up with a plan to help you reach your objectives! To find out more, get in touch with us right away!